The cell search described by Toby Shone is believed to be an attempt at intimidation by G4S Parc following a month of concerted efforts by those on the outside to call to account Gareth Kite, Post Room Manager, for withholding mail and books from Toby. Although Kite has responded by dribbling Toby small amounts of mail, some of it from months ago – whilst continuing to claim that Toby has no mail – we know that there is a lot of mail outstanding, both from HMP Bristol and HM Prison Parc, and particularly letters and cards of solidarity from political groups and letter-writing nights. Gareth Kite can be contacted at email@example.com
18 MAY 2022
HM Prison Parc
This morning at around 9.40, a team from the Security Department, entered my cell, subjected me to a strip search and proceeded to turn my pad upside down, going through all my possessions – legal papers, letters, photos and books – in the name of “intelligence” that they had received.
ACT FOR FREEDOM NOW!
On 22/02/2022, comrade Giannis MichaiIidis is informed that for the Amfissa Plenary Council he does not meet the “essential” conditions for his release after more than 8 years of imprisonment, as for the council, there is a “risk of committing new offences”.
Comrade G.M. has been targeted for years by the authorities because of his subversive activities. Recently, because of the targeting of him, as well as other prisoners, for the riot that took place in the Malandrino prison in solidarity with the then hunger striker Dino Giantzoglou, he took the option of escaping from prison. In a robbery he carried out while in the illegal situation, he was caught by the cops and taken back to prison.
Nevertheless, under the state’s own laws on merging sentences, the comrade meets all the formal requirements for his release. The Board is vindictively keeping him inside, for vague and indefinite “substantive reasons”, on a completely unsubstantiated rationale of general justification for robbery on the part of G.M.
The comrade is in a special exempt status because of his political beliefs and practices, serving an exhaustive sentence that is being extended arbitrarily. He has been on hunger strike Since Monday 23/05, in order to obtain his release.
“(…) And finally, knowing that it is possible that this strike may be the last part of my journey, I wish to give it precisely that dimension which expresses me as a whole:
The struggle for the freedom of one, is the struggle for the freedom of all…
…until the destruction of the last cage
pre-emtively captured in Malandrinos Prison.”
Translated by Act for freedom now!
After 8.5 years in prison, after all these arbitrary actions against me, I decided to put an end to my 11 years of suffering, by putting a stop to the practice of pre-trial detention, or the additional punishment of escape through legal loopholes. After 5 more months of pre-trial detention, I start a hunger strike for my release. This choice, with the deep motivation of the much desired freedom, I intend to support it with the same consistency that I have supported my choices so far and for which I am being persecuted.
“Woe to those who will accept prison as a condition of life, and from the brightest sunlight, the smallest ray” – The rallying cry of the Alikarnassos prison uprising
For 11 years I have experienced state vengeance against choices in line with my values and ideas. The difficult journey, from which I choose to share some blatant vengeful acts of arbitrariness against me, began in the distant 2011, when an arrest warrant was issued against me for the Conspiracy of Cells of Fire case, for which I was eventually acquitted as there was not the slightest connection between me and the charge against me. It was the incrimination of a relationship of solidarity with wanted anarchists that put me in their place when they were arrested.
After 2 years of being on the run, I too am now walking through the heavy doors of prison, as the existence of a warrant that entails a decade of incarceration has led to certain choices and consequent mistakes. The comrades who were arrested at the time in the bank robbery in Velvento, Kozani, were tortured by the police, which is common, and then the Ministry of Public Order published photos of our swollen faces, provoking a public reaction. Of course, no police officer was accused of this by the blind Greek justice system. Continue reading Greece: Giannis Michaildis – Announcement of a hunger strike for my release
Political text by Georgia Voulgari, a prisoner in the women’s prison of Korydallos.
We are in a daily war, a war with the status quo, with every form of power that eats away at our lives, and in this war I realized where I belong. In a world where patriarchy rapes and kills us, where capitalism crushes us, impoverishing what we call life, in this world where humanity itself dominates nature and animals, perpetuating anthropocentric thinking and speciesism. So I chose sides. For the power complex will not destroy itself, no social change will come about unless our action transcends reformist logics, having a will to believe and a commitment to our ideas, putting theory into practice.
I proudly declare myself anarchist, proud that in this rotten society, the society of submission and spectacle, I did not bow my head before exploitation and power and chose to stand next to comrades who, by supporting the multiform struggle, also wrote their own page in the revolutionary historical memory. So far, living my new life next to them, in squats, through their common struggles for freedom, I learned what solidarity and comradeship is, what it means to give everything for what you believe in even if you are going to lose your freedom. I take the political responsibility that is due to me for my complicity in the incendiary attack that took place on 8/2 at the Foundation for National and Religious Reflection. A fragmentary action, which was not carried out by an organisation, namely the Anarchist Action organisation of which I am accused as a member, but was motivated by the desires and anger of two people against religious obscurantism, patriarchy and state power.
Continue reading Athens, Greece: Political text by Anarchist Georgia Voulgari, a prisoner in the women’s prison of Korydallos.
Solidarity message of the imprisoned member of the Organization Anarchist Action to the unrepentant anarchist Claudio Lavazza, in response to the appeal of his 25-year-old sentence which is to be examined on the 17th of May.
While being imprisoned in the most dystopian Hall of tyranny a combination of a few words on a piece of paper could never vividly describe the ideal of revolutionary intransigence. How could anybody fit a moment a life of disobedience, complexly devoted to the relentless struggle without leaving out any important detail.
Until today, there are only few people who wholeheartedly attempted to build a bridge filling the gap between a life and survival. These people who devoted their whole existence to the bright direct actions of the revolutionary base against the fierce doctrine of tyranny for the “end of history”, laid down their lives in the wholehearted hostilities of the revolutionary base. They enlisted sternly and unyieldingly on the fractious front of subversion, bled while comrades were perishing in battle, but imprisoned in the face of the danger of repentance and legitimacy, they chose ironclad pride. Continue reading Greece: Thanos Chatziaggelou – ‘Don’t ask if we will win or if we will be defeated – Just fight!’
Freedom for the anarchist rebel Claudio Lavazza
The French State is at the forefront of the predatory capitalist war against the planet. It protects its monopolistic exploitation of natural resources and its investments in North Africa and the Middle East with military interventions and all kinds of support to counter-revolutionary forces. French militarism is a key pillar of NATO and the military wing of the EU. On French territory it strikes the social movement by military means…
The hypocrisy of bourgeois democracy is stripped bare by the status it reserves for captured militants. The Lebanese militant Georges Ibrahim Abdallah has been in French prisons since 1984 after a barrage of attacks against the American and Israeli states. Under French law he should have been released from prison in 1999. But Abdallah’s detention is being illegally extended because he remains an unrepentant revolutionary. Continue reading Text by anarchist comrade Dimitris Hatziivassiliadis: Freedom for the anarchist rebel Claudio Lavazza
notes: The Court of the Appeal trial on 18/05 /22 of the anarchist comrades Vanggelis Stathopoulos and Dimitris Hatzivassiliadis suspended for 25 May 2022
During the planned solidarity march on Saturday, at Stadiou Street near the junction with Benaki Street, repressive forces attacked the body of the march by throwing chemicals and injuring a number of people.
Continue reading Athens, Greece: Update from the Solidarity March to Vaggelis Stathopoulos and Dimitris Hatzivassiliadis on 14 May at Monastiraki area
Athens, Greece: Taking responsibility
For 3 years now, the far-right government of the ND has intensified state repressive action against those who fight and stand against its brutal capitalist plans.
The repressive attacks, frame-ups and persecutions against militants are countless. In these 3 years we have witnessed demonstration bans, torture of protesters and prisoners, informal hostage-taking of anarchists under harsh restraints, arrests in the pile, intimidation with non-existent DNA and detention. The purpose of all these state practices is to completely cut off and isolate militants from social resistance and physically eliminate them. Continue reading Athens, Greece: Taking responsibility by Anti-state Saboteurs
SOLIDARITY MARCH 14 MAY 2022
THE REVOLUTIONARY STRUGGLE IS THE LUNG OF EVERY SOCIAL STRUGGLE
Reality is harsher than our words can describe. We live under the boot of unscrupulous oligarchs who distribute to the plebs only bombs, terror, disease, poverty and endless exploitation. What else but resistance by all means can guarantee the hope of a free life? The project of uninterrupted revolutionary struggle is not a theory, but is embodied by those who organize today against tyrannical power. The armed rebels who take up the responsibility of bringing this project to life here and now are the raw material of the revolutionary movement.
In the person of comrade Dimitris Hatzivasileiadis, who was captured in August 2021, after 2 years on the run, and sentenced to 16 years in prison, the state punishes the undertaking of a social duty – that is, practical resistance to its regime of terrorism: Assuming sole responsibility for the custody of the Revolutionary Self-Defence Organization’s seal weapon, but also for the attempt to reconstruct the guerrilla based on the strategy of the organization, which ceased its activity in 2017. In the words of the comrade, the Revolutionary Self-Defence Organization was an example “where the guerrilla, starting with the few political forces available, attempts to strengthen the social insurrection, to protect it and to deposit a revolutionary line within it” and “did its duty as long as it could, as long as there was a collective body that recognized this duty.” Continue reading Athens, Greece: SOLIDARITY MARCH 14 MAY FREEDOM TO DIMITRIS HATZIVASILIADIS AND VANGGELIS STATHOPOULOS